Preston GrallaContributing editor, Computerworld

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Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld, a blogger for ITworld, and the author of more than 45 books, including NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly 2012) and How the Internet Works (Que, 2006).

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How to make Windows 10 faster: 5 ways to speed up your PC

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

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9 reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10 -- yet

Many Windows users are looking forward to the imminent release of Microsoft's new operating system. But they may want to wait.

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First look: Microsoft Office 2016 for enterprise hints at easy searching, colorful UI

It's an early beta so cut it some slack, but still, the IT Pro and Developer Preview offers a few new features and some interesting under-the-hood improvements.

Hamster Free Zip Archiver

Supports all compression formats, totally free, multilanguages, easy interface

Will Google go the way of Microsoft? Ask the FTC.

The antitrust suit that the Justice Department filed against Microsoft in the 1990s left the company distracted and unable to plan for the future. Could the same thing be in store for Google?

Lights, camera...Microsoft?

Microsoft has hired a former CBS executive to help develop original video content for its Xbox platform.

Windows Phone fails to gain traction in second quarter

About 5.4 million Windows Phone devices were sold in the quarter, for a 3.5 percent market share, up from 2.3 percent a year previously.

4 security suites that protect all your devices

McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro and Webroot offer protection for all your devices along with Web-based management.


Windows 7 dethrones XP for desktop crown

Don't expect Windows 8 to ever beat out Windows 7 for desktop market share because Microsoft's new OS is built more for tablets.

Could this Fall's Lumia Windows Phone 8 Launch Be the Last Chance for Nokia?

Windows Phone has enjoyed favor recently, but some analysts warn that unless the Lumia line of Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices takes off this fall, it could mean the end of Nokia.

Nexus Q: Why Google Should Send this Device to the Tech Graveyard

Google did the seemingly impossible: beat out the ill-fated Microsoft Kin phone for the worst hardware ever.


How to Recycle Your Tech Gear

Recycle phones, notebooks, and tablets responsibly.

Windows Phone Sales Surge -- Is It Real or Just a Blip?

Keep in mind that it's easy to rack up big percent gains when you start with small numbers.

How to Clear Your Data off a Device

Before you ditch a device, you need to make sure none of your data is retrievable. Here's how to do it.

Acer May Abandon Windows if Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Surface Tablets

Acer is considering abandoning the manufacture of Windows hardware if Microsoft releases its Surface line of Windows 8 tablets.